Emulating the Sharp X68000 and the Roland MT-32
19 November ’17
Back then in the eighties there was this new technology called MIDI. It was the first attempt at a standard for electronic instrument synthesizers. Computers of the time, such as the Japanese Sharp X68000 usually came with some FM synthesizer such as the Yamaha YM2151, which modulates instrument sounds out of simple waveforms such as a square wave and changes its timbre by altering the frequency.
Other more expensive devices however, had what’s called a wavetable. Wavetables are recordings of the actual instruments, of which many samples were taken and music was modulated by chosing the nearest ones and interpolating between them. One such device is the Roland MT-32 MIDI synthesizer, which cost almost US$700 back then in 1987 when it was released.
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